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If your kids are anything like mine, they wind up with so many broken crayons that you scratch your head trying to figure out how they had so many crayons to begin with. We have an entire tub of them in the girls’ craft cabinet that have just been sitting there, waiting for something for us to do with them.
So I decided to put together a list of crafty projects you can use your broken crayons for.
Purchase plastic or glass craft ornaments, they can be found in a variety of shapes for different holidays in most craft stores, as well as ordered online. You will need to peel the crayons but can then place a few colors into the ornament, close the top and then use a hair dryer on the ornament making sure to move it around and melt the crayons. Twist the ornament as they melt to create tie-dyed crayon ornaments. (Use team colors and other combinations to use them as gifts.)
Just as you would use candle wax, you can create candles with old crayons. Peel them, place similar colors together and melt them down into a candle holder making sure to properly place the wick. (You can melt them in any method you prefer and can purchase wicks at craft stores.)
Glue Stick Crayons
In the same manner that you would melt crayons for a candle, melt them, but this time pour the melted crayons into glue stick tubes. You will then have glue stick crayons that can be twisted up for coloring. Be sure to melt similar colors together so that they aren’t mixed, unless that’s your intention.
You can also melt crayons in silicon shape pans to create new usable crayons. Be sure to just melt them enough in the oven, don’t burn them. To avoid spilling the hot wax, simply shut off the oven and let them cool in there before removing.
Hot glue some crayons that have the paper peeled off to the top of a canvas. Make sure that they are secure. Then take a hair dryer on a low setting and allow it to melt the crayons in a downward manner so that the wax melts down the canvas. You can arrange the colors in any order that you’d like.
Similar to the canvas project, you can hot glue peeled crayons onto a pumpkin and melt them going down the pumpkin for a no carving decoration. Be sure to keep the dryer on low, and use a white pumpkin for the best color outcome.
For both of the above methods be sure to either do them outdoors, or with a lot of newspaper covering the floor so that no wax splatters onto the floor.
If you have invites or letters that you would like to put a wax seal on, don’t go rushing to buy a wax seal kit, just use crayons and a rubber stamp! Melt the crayon, and pour a small amount onto the envelope where you’d like to seal it. Wait a moment for it to harden just a bit, then stamp in the wax. To clean your stamp if any gets on it, place it in the freezer, the wax will come off easily when frozen. You can also just immediately place it in ice water and the wax will come off.